Obituaries week of 3-4-10


Nola Towles

Nola W. Towles, 83, died at her home in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, February 19th, 2010. Daughter of Herman and Mae Woolums, she was preceded in death by her brother, Orman Woolums of Vevay.

A native of Owen County, Kentucky, Nola, husband Bill and son Billy moved to Lexington, in 1951. She was employed by the General Electric Headlamp Plant on Rosemont Garden for many years, before moving to Vevay in 1970, where Nola and Bill resided until December, 2009. They returned to Lexington to be close to her son Billy Darrell Towles, his wife Joyce and family members as she struggled with cancer.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Billy Thomas “Pappy” Towles; her son, Billy, “Bink” Towles and wife Joyce; her grandchildren, Michelle Towles Stewart of Grayson, Kentucky, Michael Hampton Towles and Mindy Towles (Andrew) Foisy, all of Lexington; her great-grandchildren, Alexander Stewart of Virginia, Andrew Foisy and Kaylyn Foisy, both of Lexington, and Stephanie Towles, mother of the grandchildren; special and close friends, George and Donna Harlow, their daughter Angie (David) Todd and their three children, Logan, Brooke and Cooper, all of Vevay.

Services were conducted Monday, February 22nd, at the Lexington Cemetery. Milward-Southland was in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen M. Vanosdol

Kathleen M. Vanosdol, 57, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, January 26th, 2010.

 She was born Sunday, August 24, 1952, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a member of the Switzerland County Community Church.

 She is survived by her husband, Charles Vanosdol; parents, Ralph Felix and Rose (Stigler) Felix; three sons, Jim Vanosdol, Keith Vanosdol, and John Vanosdol; three daughters, Shaunda Krentz, Tanya Vanosdol, and Carissa Vanosdol; three brothers, Michael, Jim, and Kenny; five sisters, Donna, Theresa, Christine, Nan, and Judy; and two grandchildren, Alyssa and Kyra.

 A memorial service was held Friday, January 29th, at the Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family. Visit at

Wanda Chipman

Wanda JoAnn (Bladen) Chipman, 70, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, February 27th, 2010, at Hospice of Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born October 9th, 1939, in Warsaw, Kentucky, the daughter of Harvey E. and Julia May (Jones) Bladen, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1958 graduate of Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage on June 11th, 1960, in Rising Sun, to David Richard Chipman. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed her volunteer work at the Providence Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She will be remembered for her love of reading and working crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her husband, David R. Chipman of Cincinnati, Ohio; her son, Rich Chipman and companion Colleen of Cincinnati, Ohio; her daughter, Marcia Sprague of Cincinnati; her grandchildren, Cristina, Timothy, Carmen, Joshua and Cassandra; her great-grandchildren, Conner and Gavin; her brothers, James Bladen of Vevay and Stephen “Bear” Bladen of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Addie Stewart, Arvenia Whiteford and Oleta Jane Kimmons; and her brothers, Harvey “Bud” Bladen and Donald Bladen.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ronald Sandidge Wednesday, March 3rd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati-Mercy West Unit or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Harold Melton, Jr.

Harold Dean Melton, Jr., 53, of Florence, passed away at 5:54 a.m. Monday, March 1st, 2010, at his home.

He w as born October 1st, 1956, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Harold Dean Melton, Sr., and Marlene (Wilhelm) Pellman. He was raised in Cincinnati and was a 1974 graduate of Colerain Senior High School.

He was united in marriage to Beverly Thomas on March 7th, 1975, in Ripley County. Unto this union two daughters arrived to bless their home. He was later married to Tonia L. Paige and she preceded him in death.

He was a mechanic for Tuffy Auto Sales in Western Hills in Cincinnati for seven years, prior to becoming disabled. He was a licensed insurance agent for the Prudential Life Insurance Agency in Lawrenceburg for 10 years. He will be remembered for his love of working on cars, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his daughters, Tonya Sloan and husband James and Nichole Melton, all of Cincinnati; his father and stepmother, Harold Dean Melton, Sr., and wife Rose of Cincinnati; his stepfather, Thomas Pellman of Cincinnati; and his companion, Anita O’Connell of Florence.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marlene (Wilhelm) Pellman.

There will be no public services held. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Howard B. Garland

Howard B. Garland, 80, of Greensburg, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, February 24th, 2010, at Arbor Grove in Greensburg.

Survivors include his children, Zandra (Bob) Miller of Beech Grove, Don Garland of St. Paul, Indiana, Sam (Millie) Garland of Indianapolis, Ron Garland of Shelbyville, Terry (Vickey) Garland of Greensburg and Juanita Jenner of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Roberta.

Visitation was held Saturday, February 27th, at the Norman Funeral Home in Hope, Indiana. There will be no service and cremation is planned. Memorials may be sent to Arbor Grove of Greensburg Activity Fund through the funeral home.

Robert Lee Thomas

Robert Lee Thomas, 43, of near Fairview, passed away at 9:03 p.m. Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010, from injuries sustained in an auto accident on State Road 250 between Lake Geneva and Fairview.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Adeline Burns

Adeline Roberta (Hite) Burns, 72, passed away Saturday, February 27th, 2010, at her home in Pomona, California, where she had spent the last 40 years of her life being a homemaker.

She w as born October 2 7th, 1937, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to James and Catherine (Dixon) Hite. She was raised on Grants Creek and attended Patriot School.

She married Bob Burns September 2nd, 1952, in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Burns of Pomona; her sons, Bob, Doug and Ronnie Burns, all of California; her daughters, Gale Yankee of Idaho, Sharon Weber, Jeri and Joyce Burns, all of California; several grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, James and Vie Hite of Arizona, Doris Sullivan of California, Bessie Qualls of Arkansas, Kenneth and Carol Hite of Vevay, David and Shirley Hite of Patriot, Paul Hite of Patriot, Mary Catherine “Cathy” Darbro and husband Paul of Madison, Jack and Doreen of Madison, Robert and Tammy of Madison, and Bonnie Hite of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Catherine (Dixon) Hite; her brothers, Doug, Bernard, Carl and Charlie Hite; one grandchild Katina; several nephews, Jim and Leslie Hite, Frankie Miller, Jason and Charlie Hite, and Jody Qualls; and great-nephew, Marcus.

Funeral services were pending in Pomona, California.

Jack Pavy

Doyle “Jack” Pavy, 78, passed away February 27th, 2010.

He was born October 7th, 1931, in Fairview, and graduated from Vevay High School in 1949. He attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he served as President of his Senior Class. After graduating in 1953, he married his class Vice-President, Shirley T. Hull on August 21st. He began his pastoral ministry while still in college, serving Patriot and Quercus Grove Methodist Churches in Indiana from 1951-53. While attending seminary at Garret Biblical Institute in Evanston, Illinois, he served Macy and Pleasant Hill Methodist Churches, also in Indiana. Following graduation from seminary in 1957, he was ordained elder in the Methodist Church of the North Indiana Conference where he served faithfully for 45 years, including the following Indiana churches: South Whitley Methodist Church 1958-61; North Manchester Methodist Church 1961-67; Angola United Methodist Church 1967-74; First United Methodist Church of Griffith 1974-80; Elkhart United Methodist Church 1986-96.

In addition to pastoring churches, Jack served his fellow ministers in the role of Lafayette District Superintendent from 1980-86 and was elected for two terms as Chairperson of the Bishop’s Cabinet. He also directed Methodist student activities at North Manchester and Tri-State Colleges. Not only was Jack a leader in the communities in which he resided because of his role as pastor, but he actively participated in many boards and foundations in these communities. Notable contributions include: leadership in the Griffith and Elkhart Rotary Clubs, serving as President of the Griffith Rotary Club; participation in the organizing Board of Directors for the “Good Samaritan on the Ridge” Counseling Center in Munster; development of the Riverview Adult Day Care Center in Elkhart; and coordination of several educational trips to the Holy Land and Oberammergau Passion Play.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 56 years; four children, Cheryl McLean (Steven), Stephen, Kathie Hart (Jonathan) and John; eight grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 13th at 3 p.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church in Bloomington, and on Sunday, March 14th, at 3 p.m. at Elkhart Trinity United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Riverview Adult Day Care Center, c/o Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 E. Jackson Blvd. Elkhart, IN 46516-5053.

Betty Buckles

Elizabeth Jean “Betty” (Wolf) Buckles, 82, of Spokane, Washington, formerly of Madison and Paris Crossing, passed away at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane after a brief illness.

She was born February 28th, 1927, in Pleasant in Switzerland County, the daughter of John and Ethel (Tevis) Wolf, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County and w as a 1945 graduate of Vevay High School. She attended Ball State Teachers College where she graduated in 1948. She received a Masters degree from Indiana University in 1955. She taught history, social studies and psychology during her career at Carmel High School (1948-49); Saluda (1950-51); Central High School (1951-60); and Madison Consolidated High School from 1960 until retirement in 1972.

She was united in marriage on December 27th, 1953, to Arthur Buckles, who passed away on April 12th, 1985.

She was a faithful member of the Coffee Creek Christian Church in Paris Crossing and Hazeldell Christian Church in Carmel, Indiana. She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Gideons International. From 1991 to 2002 she lived in Fishers and Carmel, Indiana. From 2002 until her death she livd in Spokane.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Russel Wolf; and her sisters, Bearl Warner, Lillian Rix and Marie McCloskey.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Ron McKinney at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, March 4th) at Coffee Creek Christian Church, 2615 W. SR 250 in Paris Crossing. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until service today (Thursday) at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church, Gideon’s Memorial Bible Plan, or The Salvation Army. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Opal F. Ralston

Opal F. Ralston, 80, of near Canaan, passed away at 10 a.m. Monday, March 1st, 2010, at her residence.

She was born February 8th, 1930, on the family farm near Canaan, the daughter of John and Clara F. (Lee) Ralston, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1948 graduate of the old Central High School. She lived and worked on her family farm her entire life. She was a member of the Bennington Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, No. 407. She was a devout, lifelong member of the Caledonia Presbyterian Church near Moorefield and attended the Jefferson Presbyterian Church near Canaan.

Survivors include her cousins, Charles Lee of Lexington, Indiana, Robert E. “Bob” Lee of Madison, Doris Jean Hopper and husband Jesse of Lexington, Indiana, Martha Stucker of Alabama, Leon Gray and wife Alice of Pleasant, Evon Gray and wife Reta of Moorefield, Kenny Lee and Donald Lee, Gerald and Shelby Jean Imel of Manville.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary L. Ralston who died in 1927.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Wallace Hines at 11 a.m. Friday, March 5th, 2010, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Jefferson Presbyterian Cemetery near Canaan. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday) and Friday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Presbyterian Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Thelma G. Clore

Thelma G. Clore, 85, of Dillsboro, passed away Sunday morning, February 28th, 2010, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born in Switzerland County on November 8th, 1924, to Dale Seymour and Golda (Jackson) Seymour, and graduated from high school.

In 1949, she was married to Harry R. Clore and they resided in Dillsboro until his retirement. They then moved to Crossville, Tennessee, where they lived for 15 years, until moving back to Rising Sun. Her husband Harry passed away in 1996, when she moved back to Dillsboro. She loved arts and crafts, and being a grandma to her granddaughter, and her three great-grandsons. A year ago, she moved to Ross Manor, where she lived until her passing. She was a former member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Dillsboro.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon (Gary) Eaglin of Lawrenceburg; her granddaughter, Amy (Keith) Ertel of Batesville; her great-grandsons, Jordan, Mitchell and Conner; and her sister, Evelyn Elder of Dillsboro.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Johnny Dale; her grandson, Brent Alan Dubay in 1995; and her brother, Kenneth Seymour in 1996.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Tom Fehrman at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, March 4th) at Filter-DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Memorials may be given to Oakdale Cemetery Trust.

Barbara Martin

Barbara Frances Martin, 79, of Aurora, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, February 28th, 2010, at Hospice of Cincinnati.

He was born November 22nd, 1930, in Dearborn County, the daughter of George and Jeanette (Harper) Sortwell, who both preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Aurora High School, Class of 1948. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. She was a librarian for Aurora Elementary School, retiring after 25 years. She was also an aide at Dearborn County Hospital. She was a former member of the Sweet Adelines singing group.

On March 2nd, 1951, she married Charles Martin, who survives.

Other survivors include her son, Steven (Patti) Martin of Lawrenceburg; her daughters, Diana Thompson of North Judson, Indiana and Linda Martin of Indianapolis; her brothers, Ronald Sortwell of Manchester, Ohio and Bob Sortwell of California; her sisters, Mildred Cook of Lawrenceburg, Pat Garrison of Manchester and Betty Klausing of Tampa, Florida; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Ray, Glen and George Sortwell.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Dana Stout at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, March 4th) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Aurora or Dearborn County Clearing House.